Coaching Staff


Kellie Peiper | Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Excellence

Kellie Peiper is the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Excellence. Kellie began working for UB Athletics in September 2001 as a sport psychology consultant.  Since 2001, she has held various titles including Student-Athlete Development Coordinator and Director of Student-Athlete Excellence.

In her role at UB, Kellie is responsible for the oversight of the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs program components, and UB’s sport psychology program.  This includes managing educational programming and support for student-athletes around personal development, career development, physical and mental health, mental toughness skills training, leadership development, community outreach programming, and all other aspects of student-athlete well-being. 

Kellie is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the swimming team and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in coaching.  She did her graduate work at Temple University, where she earned a master’s degree in Sport Psychology. 

A Buffalo native, Kellie and her husband Steve reside in Snyder with their two children, Reagan and Nolan.


John Ward, MS, ATC | Athletic Trainer (Women's Soccer, Swimming & Diving)

John Ward was named Assistant Athletic Trainer in June of 2005.  Ward graduated from UB with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science in May of 2004.  While completing his master’s degree, Ward served as a student athletic trainer for the UB women’s soccer team during the 2003 fall semester, and did an internship at Sweet Home High School during the 2004 spring semester.  Ward serves as a clinical preceptor for athletic training students from Daemen College and currently works with the women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving teams.




Michelle McKenzie, MS, ATC | Athletic Trainer (Softball, Swimming & Diving)

Michelle joined the State University of New York at Buffalo in September 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training, with a minor in nutrition at the University of Utah. She continued on to Georgia Tech where she served as an intern Athletic Trainer for a multitude of sports, followed by two years as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. As a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer she worked with the Georgia Tech swimming and diving program, while attaining her graduate degree in sport medicine from Georgia State University. Currently at UB she is working with Softball and the women's Swimming and Diving team.

Michelle is originally from South Africa, but she has been living in the USA for over 10 years and is a dual citizen of both countries.




Valarie Wudyka | Office Manager